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Powerhouse singer Darlene Love was the star of some of Phil Spector’s greatest works, including the Crystals hits “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and the lesser-known “Stumble and Fall,” credited to Love herself. Away from the confines of the dictatorial producer’s Wall of Sound, she cut other ‘60s singles that are also well worth a listen, despite limited chart success. Featuring solo efforts and songs by The Blossoms and The Wildcats, The Many Sides of Love: The Complete Reprise Recordings Plus! presents a batch of underrated gems from an exuberant performer who still sounds fresh today. Highlights include: “That’s When the Tears Start,” an overlooked girl-group classic; the sultry soul of “Good, Good Lovin’ ”; the Motown-inflected “Let Your Love Shine on Me”; and the dramatic ballad “If.” Continuing to win accolades in recent years, Darlene Love radiates joy with every performance.
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